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NZFFP acquires Claymark Group

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The board of N.Z. Future Forest Products Ltd (“NZFFP”) announced yesterday (29 July) that it has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire 100% of Claymark Group Holdings Ltd (“Claymark”) from its controlling shareholder. Claymark is a global leader in manufacturing high quality New Zealand radiata pine wood products. It has approximately 600 employees, operates six manufacturing sites …

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Record turnout of sawmill tech providers

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September 2019 will again see one of the largest gatherings yet seen in this region of wood scanning, sawing, saw and mill maintenance technology specialists, innovators and leading practitioners. The two-day independent programme, WoodTECH 2019, will be providing New Zealand and Australian sawmills with a unique opportunity to learn about the very latest in technologies and operating practices from around …

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NZ Council writes off $800k on failed timber mill

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The Northland Regional Council is facing a loss of NZ$800k after investing in a timber mill at Marsden Point. The council lent the money to Resource Enterprises Limited, or REL, in 2014, from its investment funds. REL ceased trading in 2017 and has not paid its last two quarterly interest payments. Council chief executive Malcolm Nicholson said the council had …

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Tasmanian timber in the spotlight

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Tasmanian timber is featuring heavily across national media this week. The national Tasmanian Timber campaign is seeing increased awareness of Tasmanian timber across Australia as the locally produced species are featuring increasingly in high-end design. On Wednesday, Tasmanian timber, including Tasmanian Oak, Tasmanian Blackwood and Hydrowood, is the centrepiece of a stunning Tasmanian house that featured on Grand Designs Australia. …

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WPMA Regional Meeting links with WoodTECH 2019

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Most major sawmilling companies from around New Zealand will be coming into Rotorua for the two-yearly technology and equipment event, WoodTECH 2019. It runs on 11-12 September. To build on the number of wood processors that will be in town on Tuesday 10 September, the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA) will also be running a Bay of Plenty Regional …

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Statistical Process Control event for softwood industry

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Mills collect millions of pieces of data each day on density, moisture content, defects and grade of their timber, but how do they use it? Seventeen representatives of the Australian softwood timber industry came together in Mount Gambier to hone their skills in Statistical Process Control to tackle that mountain of data to maximize recovery, verify compliance and remain competitive. …

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NZ$19.5 m for Wood Cluster Centre of Excellence

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The New Zealand Government is to contribute NZ$19.5 million to establish a Wood Cluster Centre of Excellence in Gisborne. The funding has been announced by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones, and is part of NZ$27.1 million extra for the region from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF). Jones said the centre was being developed as a hub for wood processing, …

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Cypress sawmill to double output

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National and international demand for timber products is driving a regional Queensland saw mill to double output while creating new jobs thanks to grant funding. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said Queensland Cypress Supplies in Mungallala, west of Roma, was one of 15 businesses in Queensland to receive up to a AU$250,000 Rural Economic Development (RED) …

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Delivering a Flexible Wood Scanning Solution

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By Terry Arden, CEO of LMI Technologies Wood scanning in today’s saw and planer mills demands a flexible sensor solution that delivers several technologies to achieve maximum value recovery at high speed. LMI’s new Gocator 200 series offers a modular approach to build a transverse board scanning solution that evolves with the mill to meet changing wood supply and optimization …